With more than three decades as an educator, Dr. Brenda Cassellius has devoted her career to ensuring all children succeed and thrive. With an unrelenting commitment to ensuring every child receives an equitable, exceptional, and joyful education, her leadership is student-centered, supportive of educators, and grounded in collaboration and effective community partnerships. Since starting as superintendent of the Boston Public Schools in July 2019, Dr. Cassellius has already met and collaborated with hundreds of students, educators, parents, and community members to develop the district’s strategic framework to deliver a high-quality education for every BPS student.
Most recently as Minnesota's commissioner of education, her work led to comprehensive education reforms that resulted in historic new state funding for schools, the enactment of all-day kindergarten, state-funded preschool for 25,000 children, and the highest high school graduation rates on record for all student groups.
Prior to serving as commissioner, Dr. Cassellius served as the superintendent of the East Metro Integration District, as associate superintendent in the Minneapolis Public School District leading a comprehensive high school redesign initiative, and as academic superintendent of middle schools in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was responsible for accelerated gains in middle school student outcomes, narrowed achievement gaps, and the end of corporal punishment.
Dr. Cassellius and her husband Jason are the proud parents of three children. Outside of work, she enjoys playing hockey, water skiing, spending time with family and friends, and exploring her new home of Boston.